The Jesus we encounter in the Gospel of Mark for this Sunday’s reading (Mark 1:21-28) is a voice of authority and power.
Jesus was teaching in the synagogue when a man with an unclean spirit entered. He cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?...I know who you are, the Holy one of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice came out of him.”
Everyone was amazed. They asked one another, “What is this?” “How can he do this?” “Even the unclean spirits, he commands, and they obey him!”
How could the people gathered not be amazed at Jesus? I imagine Jesus commanding the unclean spirit by saying, “Go on. Get out of here!”
I believe these words are for us, too. Yes, us, the ones sitting in the Twin Cities in the middle of winter worried about family, friends, work, and all that life entails.
I imagine Jesus saying to our doubt, our fear, our insecurities, our addictions, our sin, our unclean spirits: “Go on. Get out of here! There is work to be done, joy to be seen, new life of which to take hold!”
How freeing it is to know God’s Son, our Savior, calls us to see God’s power and might! Hear these words and “Go on. Get out of here!”
Go on. Get out of here and into the community and tell others of these good news stories.
Go on. Get out of here and share how God has transformed you.
Go on. Get out of here to invite others to share our journey of faith, even in our doubt, pain, and confusion.
Go on. Get out of here and see the new ways the Holy Spirit is at work in your life.
Go on. Get out of here. Leave in peace. Live in joy!
This devotion was originally published on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 in What's Happening, Christ the King's weekly e-newsletter. Sign up to receive What's Happening.